World’s first functional 3D-printed prosthetic legs in Uganda

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Creating 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for Ugandan children

The world’s first 3D prosthetic printer, developed by Ugandan and Canadian researchers, is changing lives from Uganda.

A team of Ugandan researchers and their Canadian counterparts are revolutionizing orthopedics in Uganda by applying 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to help produce affordable prosthetics for amputees.

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Doctor examining patient

These free 3D printed limbs have seen people flocking in from all over Africa, but not just because of its price tag. The printer has speeded up the delivery time of artificial limbs to patients across East Africa from weeks to just 24 hours.

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3D printing limb

Mitch Wilkie, the director of international programmes at Christian Blind Mission Canada says that there are more than ten million people in the world with amputation.

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Mitch Wilkie, the director of international programmes at Christian Blind Mission Canada

According to Wilkie, most of these people live in developing countries. He further says that around 300,000 of them are landmines survivors and this number is growing by about 26,000 people annually.